BRUCE EICHELBERGER & MARK GLEASON
Exhibition: April 6-April 29
Reception: Fri. April 6, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present “El Ateo” by artist Bruce Eichelberger. This will mark the artist’s third exhibition with the gallery. Using images of sexuality, grotesque violence, and distorted figures the artist creates enigmatic like visuals that reveal his contempt for our current political climate and attack the current administration for its xenophobic policies. His work challenges authority and lampoons religious institutions with the same devoutness as those who embrace these antiquated and abusive systems. Personal narratives are presented as fact but purposefully embellished hiding the real truth from viewers.
The artist describes his work as follows: “The best way I can explain it is, there are a lot of things that affect me – the scandal in the church, war, abuse in the government these stories are what drives me. I’ll take little truths and embellish them – so there will be a lot of truths but by the time I complete the work – only I would be aware of the truth that would apply to the piece.”
Bruce Eichelberger (born in California) is a self-taught artist that was given up for adoption at birth. Bruce spent many years incarcerated in the California penal system where he turned to painting and drawing as a means of self-reflection. Since his release, the artist has connected with his biological parents this connection has helped lead him to stop his addiction to drugs giving him closure. His parents are now part of his lifelong journey of artistry.
His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico, and Le Halle St. Pierre in Paris, France.
La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present Sleepless by artist Mark Gleason. This will mark the artist’s fourth exhibition with the gallery. In this recent body of work the artist is conscientious of the night: of darkness, the moon, stars, dusk, dreams, quiet, restlessness and absurd doings. These are idiosyncratic beings that exist on the edge of humanity and consciousness: semi-sentient figures like somnambulists, animal familiars, shadowy entities, things that go bump in the night, ghosts, and persons engaged in quasi-ritualistic and mysterious activities.
The artist describes the work “This nocturnal realm is fed by many sources that point me roughly in the same direction. I wrestle with insomnia and adrenalizing periods of creativity, with philosophical and psychological themes that continue to occupy me, with the subconscious mind, self-awareness, and solitude. These liminal images are leavened with humor and intensified as theatrical visions.”
Mark Gleason (born 1962 in Connecticut) is a contemporary painter whose work. Mark Gleason received his MS from University of Bridgeport and BFA from Syracuse University. The artist now resides and works in San Mateo, CA
His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Italy, and the Harwood Museum of Art UNM in New Mexico.
Images and info forthcoming.